COULTON’S CATCH UP 13 JUNE

I was very pleased to have my colleague, Deputy Leader of the Nationals and Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash, in Dubbo last week confirming that a re-elected Coalition Government will contribute $25 million towards construction of an integrated cancer centre for Western New South Wales (NSW), based at Dubbo Hospital. On another health issue,…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 12TH OCTOBER

Last week marked three months since the release of the Coalition Government’s $4 billion Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.  This Paper contains a range of initiatives designed to deliver practical support to the agricultural sector.    I am very pleased to report that implementation of programmes and policies under this Paper is progressing well with farmers…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 12th November

 In December last year, Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson issued a new direction to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to increase efforts to monitor pricing and profits in the fuel industry over the next three years. These monitoring reports will be useful evidence for identifying where fuel pricing has not responded to…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 12th May

 The Coalition has made the largest-ever investment in the professional development of the long day care sector. The Long Day Care Professional Development Programme will provide $200 million for eligible services to assist in up-skilling and training early childhood educators. This will help the industry to transition to changes and new regulations that have been…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 12 SEPTEMBER

Tackling pests and weeds in NSW Landholders throughout the Federal electorate of Parkes will soon be better-equipped to tackle the scourge of pests and weeds thanks to a share in $3 million of federal funding for 23 projects across New South Wales. This is a very welcome announcement particularly for parts of New South Wales…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 12 DECEMBER

Broken Hill office open to the public I was very pleased to open the doors of my Broken Hill office to residents of Far West New South Wales (NSW) last week. The office is being looked after by two new staff members. They are Broken Hill residents who, along with the staff in my other…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 11TH MAY

As we move through the 2015 Federal budget week, I believe it is important to reflect on last year’s budget and consider how this year will be different. Last year’s budget was tough, responding to a lot of hard decisions that needed to be made.  As difficult as it was, last year’s budget was also…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 11th August

 It is important for Australia to be united if we are to deal with the challenges that we will inevitably face in the future. Australia is a country which shows a remarkable ability to pull together in times of crises and the sense of community is especially strong in country areas. Tragedies like the loss…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 11 JULY

On Sunday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared victory in the 2016 federal election following Labor Leader Bill Shorten conceding defeat. For the Nationals, this means the time has come to negotiate a new Coalition Agreement with the Liberal Party. Negotiations for this Agreement will take place between the Leader of the Nationals and Deputy Prime…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 11 APRIL

I welcome the Commonwealth-State joint-funding announcement of $2.59 million in projects to help better protect New South Wales (NSW) communities from the threat of bush fire. This funding commitment will contribute $300,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service for aerial firefighting supply tanks in the Warrumbungle, Moree Plains, Narromine, Gwydir and Narrabri local government areas.…

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